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RPF - just stop doing it.
Edit: And this is why I wasn't gonna do this. Comments have been locked, I didn't mean to make previous comments invisible, though. If someone can tell me how to lock comments while still showing existing ones please do.

Edit 2: Okay, I'm "screening" comments but I'm just going to not post them. That works.

I said I wasn't gonna do this whole getting-involved-in-LJ-discussions thing, and I haven't the background or vocabulary to do lit-crit.

So, instead of trying to lay out some sort of incrementalist argument,  I'm retreating to my gut feeling, which I admit is a conservative tendency in itself, and raising the old atxc flag of complete intolerance for RPF (there, I've admitted I'm being conservative AND intolerant.)

I read RPF, and I go "hmm... nope. I believe there are things that are objectively wrong. This is one of them, in a small yet spiritually corrosive way, and people should be actively discouraged from doing it."

So I'm discouraging anyone who may be reading this. Please, just stop. If you write good RPF I'm sure you could write better fanfic, stories that wouldn't devalue human identity and incidentally wouldn't creep me out so very, very much.

Maybe I'm too old, maybe I'm culturally too old (more likely), maybe I haven't absorbed enough Noughties celebrity culture to allow myself to dehumanize and abstract another human being into a projection surface simply because they have a public identity.

Jesus Christ, writing porn about Duchovny and his wife? How the fuck is that not wrong?

It's not a very nuanced or maybe even very informed opinion, but it's the one I've got.

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The rebuttal is essentially "we all have completely subjective tastes or squicks or limits, and they are ultimately arbitrary and inexplicably inconsistent." Nope.

Yeah, and that's really more a commentary on fan culture rather than a real defense of the practice, isn't it?

It seems to *me* like a total denial of what "fan meta" is supposed to be - that is, looking at unexamined problems and figuring out what they are, what reasoning or motive stands behind them, and whether it is acceptable by some consistent standard. Meta that only involves looking at oneself and saying, "huh, okay, now I see what is going on here and I accept it," is purely masturbatory, pardon the pun!

Edited at 2009-02-19 07:45 am (UTC)

Oh yeah, but that's what I mean (though I articulated it poorly); more like an unintentional commentary about a certain facet of fan culture, if that makes more sense.

Yeah - I wasn't correcting you, just expounding. :P

By all means! I'm always glad for a reminder that I'm not totally alone over here in my corner. ;)

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